Gigi Buffon faces Uruguay in the Confederations Cup today and warns “being a goalkeeper in Italy is the hardest thing in the world.”
The Juventus shot-stopper has come in for criticism during this tournament and hopes to prove them wrong in Salvador de Bahia at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).
“Being a goalkeeper in Italy is the hardest thing in the world, because the criticism you get is always negative,” he told GloboEsporte.
“If I get something wrong, they talk about that error for four months. I understand that if they talk so much about a mistake it’s because they are not accustomed to seeing me make errors.
“Italy have always had three of the best goalkeepers in the world during any one period in the history of football.
“When I look back and think about my career, I realise it was really difficult to be the first choice Italy goalkeeper for 20 years.”